Mantra now serving meals
Mantra, Benson's newest restaurant, is now open.
Omaha restaurateur Mac Thompson's latest venture — he also owns Taxi's Bar and Grille — is at 6813 Maple St.
Mantra's hours are Monday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.
For more information, call the restaurant at 402-933-1666.
Raising Cane's coming to Omaha
Omaha is getting its first Raising Cane's.
The restaurant will open in late November at 7052 Dodge St., where Family Fun Center used to be.
Raising Cane's is known for its chicken fingers. The menu includes a number of chicken finger meals with sides like fries, Texas toast and coleslaw.
The chain has locations in 16 states, including one other in Nebraska, at 403 N. 48th St. in Lincoln.
Fox and Hound closes west Omaha location
The west Omaha location of the Fox and Hound is closed.The restaurant was at 17602 Wright St.
A representative said the restaurant has no plans to close its remaining Omaha location at 510 N. 120th St.
Dinner now available at Block 16
Block 16, in downtown Omaha, now is serving dinner.
The restaurant's new hours are lunch Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
The menu includes some new lunch items and new appetizers and entrees during dinner. Block 16 also will offer rotating seasonal specials, including some meatless and vegan items, during the dinner hour. They're now also serving beer.
If you want a preview of what they're serving, check out my blog, omavore.omaha.com, where I'll post about a dinner I ate on the second night of evening service.
Block 16 is at 1611 Farnam St. For more information, call 402-342-1220.
Daily Grub owner re-imagines Omaha
Elle Lynch, former owner of Daily Grub, is re-imagining Omaha's empty storefronts as part of her new online project, Fresh Juice.
Lynch, who most recently consulted on the craft cocktail menu at Blatt Beer and Table, said she always has business ideas whenever she passes an abandoned building, so she started a series on her blog called “Diamonds in the Rough.” She re-imagines buildings all over Omaha into things like juice shops, bakeries, coffee shops, noodle bars and lots of other creative stuff. Check it out at freshjuiceprojects.com/
She's also released a cookbook featuring some of Daily Grub's greatest hits.
The book, “DG at Home,” includes recipes for five of Daily Grub's customer favorites: ancho cashew cream, pepita spread, black bean soup with avocado crema, the bahn mi sandwich and the meatball sub.
The book is available online at www.blurb.com and costs $11.99 as an e-book, $20.95 as a softcover and $30.95 for a hardcover.
Happy hour stars at Jaipur in Rockbrook
Add the Jaipur to your list of happy-hour destinations.
The Indian restaurant in Rockbrook Village, at 10922 Elm St., started its happy hour earlier this month.
Drink specials include all wines by the glass for $4.95; house liquor, $4.95; cocktails, $5.95; and the Jaipur's house-brewed beers for $2.95.
Appetizers start at $1.45 each and breads start at $1.85.
The specials run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The specials are available both inside the restaurant and on its patio.
Omahans get taste of special beer
Old Chicago's eight-beer America Mini Tour started earlier this week, and one new beer will be available only to Omahans.
Boulder Beer's Kinda Blue, a pale malt with notes of blueberry, will be served exclusively at Old Chicago locations in the metropolitan area.
A portion of all the sales of Budweiser beers during the event will be donated to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. The special event continues through July 15.
Old Chicago has five Omaha restaurants: 1111 Harney St., 13110 Birch St., 425 N. 78th St., 2643 S. 144th St. and 7506 Olson Drive in Papillion.
— Sarah Baker Hansen
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